May 2: Alash Ensemble

The Falls Church Episcopal
115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church
8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)
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The members of the Alash Ensemble are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.


What does throat singing sound like? "Imagine a human bagpipe-a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time." -Newsweek (March 17, 2006)

Where is Tuva? Tuva (sometimes spelled Tyva) sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south. Over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires, and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia. In 1944 it became part of the USSR, and until the late physicist Richard Feynman drew attention to it, was largely unknown to westerners. Tuva is now a member of the Russian Federation.


May 3: Betty Soo / John Craigie

Bikenetic, 922 West Broad St., Falls Church
Music at 7:30 pm (doors at 7:00 pm)
During the five years since her last album of original material, BettySoo zigzagged her way across the North American and European continents more than a few times. Mostly, she toured. Every other minute, she was flying to visit best friends in rehab, driving for days with friends whose family lives were crumbling, visiting mental hospitals, going to houses and cleaning kitchens and bathrooms when friends had no will left to do it themselves.

As an insomniac and someone who understands depression from her own life-long struggle, maybe she was exactly where she and her friends needed her to be: in the thick of it, reminded of how fragile the balancing act can be for people like herself whose mental health isn’t solid as a rock. And perhaps she did exactly what she needed to do: she wrote dozens of songs – capturing those seemingly endless moments of grief, loneliness, and loss, and those fleeting moments of joy and love – and she recorded twelve of those songs on her new album When We’re Gone.



Produced together with Brian Standefer at his studio in Buda, Texas, When We’re Gone is an intimate look into private spaces in life. Wall-hung sinks (“The Things She Left Town With”), cluttered floorboards (“Josephine”), packed suitcases at the door (“Hold Tight”), and crumpled clothing at a young girl’s feet (“Summertime”) – these are the furniture for the setting, but center stage is BettySoo’s voice, her melodies, and the unmistakable texture of Brian’s cello.

For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, taking his unique musical style across the United States and the world. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home. His themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love.



John’s live performances – in private homes, cafes, festivals, and sold-out venues – inspire and delight his audiences, who welcome him like a long-lost son and return to see him whenever he visits. He has traveled around the world, having played in all 50 states and beyond, bringing his music to nearly every corner of the planet. His fans span generations, political ideologies and geographic locations, but they are all charmed by the dynamic yet humble troubadour peering out from under his signature cap.

John Craigie writes, sings, and plays for the people.

2015 Shows

8 pm @ The Falls Church Episcopal
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May 3:  BettySoo / John Craigie 
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
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May 9: Ellen Bukstel 
w/ David Glaser
8 pm @ UUCA

May 16: Harpeth Rising  
w/ Harley String Band
8 pm Stone Room House Concert
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June 13: Danielle Ate the Sandwich 
w/ Heather Mae
8 pm Stone Room House Concert
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June 14: The 9 Songwriter Series
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
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June 27: Blu Cedar w/ Annika
8 pm @ UUCA
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July 1:  Árstíðir
 8 pm @ The Falls Church Episcopal
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July 10: Fran Snyder
Flagship Romance
8 pm Stone Room House Concert
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July 19: Wisewater / Cleopatra Degher 
8 pm @ Bikenetic
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July 26: Gina Chavez (full band)
8 pm @ UUCA
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August 7:  Wendy Woo
8 pm Stone Room House Concert
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August 29: Quiles & Cloud
8 pm @ The Falls Church Episcopal
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Sept. 19: Ayreheart
8 pm @ The Falls Church Episcopal
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Sept. 26:  Seth Glier
8 pm @ UUCA
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Oct. 4: Woody Russell
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
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Oct. 17: Mouths of Babes
Benefit Concert for Americans United 
for Separation of Church & State
8 pm @ UUCA
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Nov. 7: Molly Tuttle & John Mailander
8 pm Stone Room House Concert
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Nov. 21:  Natalia Zukerman / Caleb Hawley
8 pm @ UUCA


Dec. 4:  A Catie Curtis Christmas
8 pm @ UUCA